Posted by Craig Mitchell at 10:05 PM
An error by Met shortstop Wilmer Flores in the top of the 4th inning led to a 3 run inning, the Nationals come from behind to beat the Mets 8-2. It was Jacob deGrom vs Stephen Strasburg. The Mets got first blood in the bottom of the first inning on back to back doubles by Flores and Kevin Plawecki and an RBI single by Curtis Granderson and it was 2-0 Mets. In the 3rd after Denard Span walked, Flores error opened the door for the Nats. Jason Werth hit an RBI single to make it 2-1. Ryan Zimmerman hit a sac-fly to tie the game at 2. Werth then scored on a fielder’s choice by Wilson Ramos. To that point deGrom had only allowed 1 hit. In the top of the 6th the Nats scored twice more. Yunel Escobar singled and went to 3rd on a double by Bryce Harper. Zimmerman brought home Escobar with an infield single and Wilson Ramos made it 5-2 with an RBI single to center. Erik Goeddel came in relief. After a walk Juan Lagares ended the inning catching a fly by Danny Espinosa and throwing out Zimmerman trying to tag up. It was the 2nd straight shaky outing for deGrom. He went 5 2/3’s allowing 5 hits, 5 runs (3 earned) 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. deGrom takes the loss falling to 2-3. Strasburg gets the win improving to 2-2. Goeddel, Sean Gilmartin, Buddy Carlyle followed deGrom. Carlyle allowed 3 hits in the 9th and was relieved with the bases juiced and one out with rookie lefty Jack Leathersich. Bryce Harper greeting Leathersich with a 3 run double to put the game out of reach (The runs were charged to Carlyle.) Offensively for the Mets Lucas Duda went 2 for 3; Escobar had 3 hits for the Nationals. With the loss the Mets drop their first game at home in 2015 snapping their 10 game winning streak now standing at 10-1. Overall the Mets are 15-8 and have dropped 5 out of their last 7. Friday night is game two of the series and it looks to be a terrific match-up. Matt Harvey (4-0 3.04) goes for the Mets, Max Scherzer (1-1 1.71) goes for the Nats.